THE CHURCH OF S. MARY PANACHRANTOS 131
It is covered by a cross-groined vault and has on each side a tall shallow segmental niche whose head rises above the springing cornice. Below this the niches have been much hacked away. The passages leading to the lateral chapels are remarkably low, not more than 1.90 m. high to the crown of the arch.
The southern chapel is similar to the central apse? and is lighted by a large triple window. The northern chapel is very different. It is much broader ; broader indeed than
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INSCRIPTION on THE APSE Of THC NORTH CMURCH
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the ambulatory which leads to it5 and is covered by barrel vaults. The niches in the bema only rise to a short distance above the floor5 notj as on the opposite side, to above the cornice. It is lighted by a large triple window similar to those of the other two apses.
The outer narthex on the west of the two churches and